Monday 6 September: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
The UK government will today announce plans to fund an £18 million scheme to allow the unemployed to use the Internet to search for jobs, writes the Financial Times. The paper says the scheme will give access to the Internet though computers in Jobcentres, as well as in personal computers and terminals in libraries, colleges and community centres, and a jobs channel on digital television.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft has sought to convince consumers that it did not put a secret "back door" in its Windows operating system software that would allow the US government to snoop into their files.
The charge of a quiet alliance between Microsoft and the US National Security Agency came after a Canadian programmer stumbled across an obscure digital "signing key" that had been labelled the NSA Key in the latest version of Microsoft's Windows NT software.
The Guardian newspaper said today that fund managers and information technology companies are split over the need for a separate London growth market for hi-tech stocks. The paper said a survey had revealed almost three out of four fund managers said they did not believe the City needed a dedicated market for growth companies.
Senior executives from the IT industry disagreed, with two out of three declaring support for the idea.
Handheld computer company Psion, is to announce an Internet initiative as part of its strategy to expand into online sales, writes the Financial Times. The company is reported to have struck a deal with Lineone, the Internet service provider, to launch "Planet Psion", a free Internet service. Planet Psion's pages will be designed to be read on the small screens of Psion's portable computers.
European entertainment and media executives are ill equipped to handle the transistion to the digital age, reports the Telegraph. The newspaper said a survey from Pricewaterhousecoopers showed only 18 per cent of the 267 media and entertainment bosses who participated in the survey considered management of the European industry above average in terms of helping customers realise their full value to shareholders.
The San Jose Mercury said today that this week's launch of Sega's latest video console Dreamcast is the first in a line of advanced games machines designed to be entertainment appliances. They will have more than triple the processing power of personal computers, writes the paper, generate movie quality imagery and link effortlessly to the Internet.
Ceres, located in the asteroid belt, has a carbonaceous-rich upper crust, SwRI study claims
The spacecraft found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules, known as hydroxyls, embedded in the rocky surface of the asteroid
The skeleton was unearthed more than 20 years ago in South Africa
Moon's dark side is mountainous, rugged and never visible from the Earth